Europe’s Oldest Luxury Hotel Group Advances Development Plans in the Caribbean

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica is set to open next year.


ROSEAU, Dominica, Wednesday August 15, 2018
– A Swiss-based hotel group is continuing its expansion in the Caribbean with luxury developments, including the upcoming Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica.

Set to open in 2019, the luxurious island hideaway is surrounded by Cabrits National Park, and has been designed to preserve the natural balance between land and the sea, whilst ensuring a modern contemporary guest experience.

Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, announced that it has appointed Michael J. Schoonewagen as General Manager of the resort.

Schoonewagen—an experienced hotelier with some 30 years of experience and expertise in luxury resorts, honed in missions across Europe, the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Caribbean with renowned luxury brands— will lead the team to open the first luxury resort for Kempinski in Dominica, working closely with partners, Range Developments, to position the island as the new go-to luxury travel destination in the region, the company said.

“It is a great privilege to join Kempinski and lead this exciting development in Dominica. I have long admired the pioneering spirit and cultural empathy of Kempinski as a luxury heritage brand, and look forward to building on these roots to create the ultimate luxury destination in the Caribbean,” Schoonewagen said.

Commenting on his appointment, Kempinski’s COO for The Americas, Xavier Destribats, said that with Schoonewagen’s successful track record of managing luxury resort properties in pioneering destinations and his focused expertise in the luxury segment, he was confident the general manage would build on Kempinski’s considerable momentum in the region with the opening of the resort in Dominica.

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